BGT ENGLISH LANGUAGE THEATRE

Neimënster 

Centre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster

 28 rue Munster,  L-2160 Grund- Luxembourg, Salle Josè Ensch,

Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October 2024 at 19.30

Tickets: 20 Euros (student 12 Euros) 

Tickets available at Neimënster - The Good Guy? tickets

 

The Berliner Grundtheater e.V. (BGT) was founded in Berlin in 1991 and is dedicated to producing a wide range of English-language plays, while integrating players of different nationalities.  In addition to playing many seasons in Berlin, the company has also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at Anglo-German Festivals in Germany, and is now based permanently in Luxembourg. 

The BGT repertoire includes shows by authors as varied as Peter Shaffer, Anthony Minghella, Oscar Wilde and William Shakespeare. The company also produces original scripts, such as adaptations of JANE EYRE (2010), LITTLE WOMEN (2014) and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2016) and in January 2020 it premiered June Lowery's CHARLES DICKENS, THE BEST OF MEN; THE WORST OF MEN. The company is especially committed to promoting theatre for female actors and writers who are under-represented in the theatre and performance world. Shows like WOLVES ARE COMING FOR YOU (2019), PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (2018) DAVID'S REDHAIRED DEATH (2020) and THE ROAD TO HUNTSVILLE (2021), WE HAPPY FEW (2021) and most recently DI AND VIV AND ROSE (2022) and our latest show, DAISY PULLS IT OFF ( March 2024) all featured mostly - if not only - women actors as part of the company's policy to put women centre stage. 

In addition to our policy of promoting plays by and about women, in recent years the company has also focused on promoting young performers and traineee or aspiring actors who are hoping to work in theatre. It is a co-sponsor of FEST (The FESTIVAL OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL THEATRE) which takes  place every second year in Luxembourg (https://www.fest.lu/) and in 2019 started a summer programme giving trainee actors a contract to work on a show. Our recent production of Elo!ise Heger-Hedloy's new play I CAN'T TELL YOU ... BUT YOU FEEL IT,  (April 2023) and our up-coming show THE GOOD GUY? by Ferelith Kingston continue these policies. 

COMING NEXT

 

 

“The Good Guy?”

 

a new play by

Ferelith Kingston

 Winner of the “Special Mention by the Jury” Prize at the Prix Laurent 2023

 

With Alessandro Stasi & Natacha Stevenin

 

"INCEL: a person (usually a man) who regards himself or herself as being involuntarily celibate and typically expresses extreme resentment and hostility toward those who are sexually active" (Merriam-Webster Dictionary”

“The Good Guy?” is a new play that explores the impact that enforced gender norms have on young people growing up in the digital age. Online extremism, especially extreme misogyny, has been normalised to the extent that, for many young adults and teens, it has become an invisible background noise. The result a rise in online communities like "incels" (involuntary celibates) and the popularity of figures like Andrew Tate and Jordan Peterson. “The Good Guy?” examines what the real-world impact of this pervasive online rhetoric is, through two voices.

Dylan and Katie are two 20-somethings whose stories are separate but mirror each other.

Dylan, lonely and socially awkward, gets company from the online society around a popular video game. He is led to believe he has found a support group and even friends. But, in reality, he is getting sucked into an almost cult-like belief that women are the root of all his problems.

Katie doesn’t get why feminism “had to be such a big deal”. She discovers “pop feminism” at a TEDTALK and starts to feel that she has a community around her; but as she learns about the reality of extreme misogyny and incel sub-culture she increasingly anxious, fearful and frustrated by the apathy shown by her friends and family.

Their stories unfold in a blend of sometimes comic, sometime tragic scenes and monologues. As the play develops the two stories become more heavily intertwined building towards a potentially explosive climax.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CAST SEE:

THE GOOD GUY? Cast and Crew

 

 

 

 

RECENT SHOWS

 

March 2024

 Neimënster, Centre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de Neumünster,   Luxembourg 

Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. 

A huge hit in London’s west-end in the 1980s, “DAISY PULLS IT OFF” is a comic parody of the popular girls' school adventure stories of the 1930s (especially Enid Blyton’s “Mallory Towers” series), while simulataneously poking fun at the ridiculous pomposity of traditional “British” attitudes at that time.

Daisy Merdith, a poor elementary school girl, wins a scholarship to the elite “Grangewood School for Girls”. She proves talented, dedicated, popular and adventurous. But the vain and elitist Sybil Burlington and her sidekick Monica Smithers dislike her intensely. They fear that having a “common” scholarship girl at the school will ruin the reputation of the school … and they plan to get rid of her.

Meanwhile, the school faces bigger problems. The Beaumont family, who own the building, are facing financial ruin. Their only chance would be to find the legendary lost “Beaumont Treasure”. Daisy and her friend Trixie vow to find the treasure and to save the school – but soon become aware that the mysterious music teacher is also searching for it. What is she planning? And what secret is the reclusive groundsman Mr Thmposon hiding.  Whatever is going on, it certainly can’t be good!

Can Daisy find the treasure before anyone else gets to it? Can she escape the evil plots of Sybil and Monica? Can she survive a dangerous cliff-top rescue? And most importantly, can she help Grangewood to win the hockey championship for the first time? To find out, jolly well come along to see it in March 2024!

 

   Daisy Pulls It Off - Chronicle.lu

 

PHOTOS

by ALFONSO SALGUEIRO

 

 

 

 

THE GITLS OF GRANGEWOOD SCHOOL

(from left to right)

BACK ROW: Cheryl Fairon Hanne Siebens Kalina Koeva, Caeli Colgan, Alexandra Manafova & Cara O'Sullivan

FRONT ROW: Rewa Jain, Elise Capy-Pietrzak, Cailin Reiff & Josie Hatch,  

 

 

THE GIRLS OF GRANGEWOOD SCHOOL

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CAST:

Daisy Pulls It Off - Cast Information

 

PRESS PREVIEWS

Hear Melissa Dalton of RTL Today talking to Caeli Colgan and Tony Kingston

about "DAISY PULLS IT OFF" & FEST 24 on:

RTL Today - The Home Stretch

 

Read Sarita Rao's interview with the cast in the LUxembourg Times:

Luxembourg Times: Daisy Pulls It Off 

 

**********

 

April 2023

 I CAN'T TELL YOU ... BUT YOU FEEL IT

For information: i-cant-tell-info.php

 

   

 

 


 

OTHER ENGLISH LANGUAGE THEATRE GROUPS

 

 

PIRATE PRODUCTIONS

 

See:

BGT - CURRENT SHOWS BY OTHER GROUPS